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Paula Cole coming to Memphis

Hey, all you Dawson’s Creek fans, Paula Cole is coming to Memphis next month.

“An Evening with Paula Cole” is happening Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 60 Perkins Extended.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $32 for students and seniors. Contact Cindi Younker for more information, cyounker@stmarysschool.org or 901-537-1483.

 

New openings – a retail store, and a wine bar

The Attic is a new apparel store now open at Overton Square. It’s the product of Alexandra Rushing, and it’s at 2121 Madison Ave. From the store’s Facebook page: “Our classic, New York chic wardrobes consist of quality brands, fit for most shapes and sizes, at affordable prices for the fashion-conscious shopper.”

Meanwhile, Greencork is a new self-service wine bar open in Cooper-Young next to Goner Records. It’s owned by the mother-daughter pair of Robin Brown and Katy Sloan. According to Greencork’s website, patrons can enjoy fresh, modern Southern food and choose from 32 individual wines available in two, four or six-ounce pours from state-of-the-art wine dispensers.

The Politics of Ice Cream

Unilever

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Rarely are economic development stories as simple to write as an expansion of an ice cream plant in the summer.
It gets better. The Unilever plant in Covington is in what used to be a SlimFast plant.
“They were fine people. But I just couldn’t get excited about that,” Tipton County Executive Jeff Huffman said of the SlimFast operation as he segued into the sight of the Klondike Bar machine in the Unilever plant. “You’re in my wheelhouse now.”
Any announcement like this in the summer, come with some apprehension among the group of political leaders and their surrogates who will attend.
They immediately begin preparing for the worst case scenario – a ceremony with at least half a dozen speeches on an open stage in an open field already well baked to remove any memory of any tree that ever offered shade.
A close second is the swamp like atmosphere of a tent – always the best personification of the nature of compromise as defined in politics.
It is the concession to the heat that also acknowledges the heat while magnifying the very results one began the process trying to avoid – a win-win situation.
So Huffman wasn’t the only giddy soul in a suit this week at Unilever when he saw the black carpet pathway leading into the factory.
We’ve targeted before on this blog the cumbersome and archaic political customs that endure 13 years into the 21st century in our local political culture. And these are not customs that are taken lightly if someone on the program leaves off the name of one elected official present who punched a “yes” button instead of a “no” button to vote for the economic development equivalent of being for education and against crime.
But we’ll give it a rest today. After all, it’s not just ice cream. It is what will be the largest ice cream factory in the world in about three years.

About that Cooper Young Festival photo

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You’ve probably seen this photo in several different places in the part of the social media universe that is all things Memphis.

And we are proud to say it is the work of our photographer, Andrew Breig, who went to considerable effort to get the shot of the crowd at the Cooper Young Festival this month.

We’ll leave much of the mystery surrounding how he got the picture in place. But we will assure you no laws were broken. And the jet-pack rumors are without foundation.

It first turned up on Andrew’s blog, memphisjuncture.com, the day he took the photo. The blog includes his other work on his own and with us that you should definitely check out.

But back to the photo. After he put the picture on his blog, the rest is kind of a blur. We put it on our Facebook page as well.

It’s not only turning up in all of the Memphis places on social media, it’s also a hit with Memphis expatriates or anyone with fond memories of our city or the festival or both.

It has really taken on a life of its own even before it turned up Wednesday morning on the Cooper Young Historic District Facebook page with the lead in “I don’t know who took this picture but …”

Radio station Q107.5 invited its Facebook followers to tag people in the picture late Thursday morning.

So far, no Jimmy Hoffas or Johnny Appleseeds tagged although I’m not sure if they can be reached on social media.

Andrew definitely can be reached and we hope this calls attention to his work for us and beyond our pages.

The reaction is also interesting for what is not in the photo. No skyscrapers or monuments of a permanent nature, just a border of tents framing what is the basic element of the reaction we’ve seen to what is a great photo with a simple concept – lots of Memphians being Memphians in close proximity to each other. And, oh yeah, don’t mess with our trees either.

Federalist Society event looks at the role of government

The Memphis Lawyers Chapter and the University of Memphis Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society are hosting a presentation Thursday, Sept. 19, titled “The Framers’ View of the Role of the Federal Government.”

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the law school. It’s free to the public, and food and drinks will be served. The speaker will be Charles Kesler, a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, editor of the “Claremont Review of Books,” and professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.

To Register contact Greg Grisham at 901-462-2616 or email at gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com.

Dansette

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